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Joshua Chamberlain: A Hero's Life and Legacy

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"Joshua Chamberlain was much more than a war hero, and Pullen's thoughtful book fills out the picture of his remarkable life. An entertaining and inspiring story."
--Senator George J. Mitchell

"Pullen's book is a worthy tribute to Chamberlain's lasting legacy."
--Charles F. Herberger, Civil War Book Review

"Pullen's presentation is more complete in revealing a complicated character, without diminishing the ...

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Overview

"Joshua Chamberlain was much more than a war hero, and Pullen's thoughtful book fills out the picture of his remarkable life. An entertaining and inspiring story."
--Senator George J. Mitchell

"Pullen's book is a worthy tribute to Chamberlain's lasting legacy."
--Charles F. Herberger, Civil War Book Review

"Pullen's presentation is more complete in revealing a complicated character, without diminishing the almost mythic status he has assumed."
--Edward C. Smith, The Washington Times

  • A classic now in paperback
  • Recounts Chamberlain's later life through the lens of his experience during the Civil War
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Editorial Reviews

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Recently, Joshua Chamberlain has emerged in the popular mind as the archetypal Union military hero, based largely on the actions of his regiment, the 20th Maine, at Gettysburg. His image now appears on T-shirts, and he has been immortalized in film and in prose. In short, his lifelong effort to fashion a heroic image of himself has prevailed. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Pullen's brief examination of Chamberlain's postwar life. Pullen, whose previous work includes a marvelous study of the 20th Maine, falls prey to uncritical hero worship, unpersuasively portraying Chamberlain as a martyr to his belief in sectional reconciliation while unquestioningly accepting his minimal interest in the fate of the freedmen. Pullen does remind us that Chamberlain pursued a public career in Maine politics and at Bowdoin College, but the patchwork nature of the prose, the author's ruminations about today's world, the acceptance of Chamberlain's words at face value, and the unyielding admiration of author for subject result in a flawed book.--Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811712729
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 969,013
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Pullen, a renowned Civil War historian, also wrote Joshua Chamberlain: A Hero's Life and Legacy (978-0-8117-0886-9). He lived in Maine, writing about the Civil War until his death in 2003.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    John Pullen 'Scores' Again!!!

    This book 'Joshua Chamberlain' is a wonderful addition to any Civil War buff's library... especially those with a special interest in the after battle lives of Gettysburg veterans. It is also a nice complement to Mr. Pullen's 'classic' work, 'The Twentieth Maine - A Volunteer Regiment In The Civil War'; must reading for anyone interested in Civil War History.

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